Time has always been a fascinating thought to me. As a little boy I often thought about time and the brevity of life and the unfathomable immensity of eternity. Back then a year seemed like eternity, but as I have grown older it seems as though time is speeding up and I can say with Job, ” My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.”
Psalm 90 is a good chapter to think on when we think of time and eternity. Psalm 90:10 tells us the days of our years are three score and ten. God gives us an average of 70 years to live on earth. Some live fewer years and some live more. Then in verse 12 the Psalmist reminds us that in the light of our 70 years life span
we ought to learn to number our days so that we can apply our hearts to wisdom. So 70 years calculates to 25,550 days. I have now lived beyond my three score and ten years and that’s sobering! Consider with me six thoughts about time.
1. Time is a gift of God. Every breath we take and every heart beat is a gift of God and extends our life
(our time) on this earth. Every day brings fresh new blessings and opportunities from Him.
2. Time is precious. Dad, if you have little children at home, take advantage of every day. I know you have to make a living and I know you are busy with important things; but nothing you do is as important as spending time with your children and doing things with them and letting them learn of God by observing your life. Dad, take them to church with you and let those little ones sit on your lap and enjoy the short time you have with them. Have fun with them. Most of us have our children with us for about 18 years or less, then they are gone. That’s about 6000 days. Cherish every day. They are precious and soon you will be left with only their memories.
3. Time is opportunity. Every day presents new opportunities to bless and serve or ignore and blaspheme the One who gives you life. Paul challenges us in Ephesians 5:15-17 and Romans 12:11 to redeem the time. That is, take advantage of every opportunity to serve and glorify God. Don’t be lazy. Proverbs 18:9 Time is too precious to waste.
4. Time is limited. None of us know when our last day on earth will be. Only God knows that and He has already determined that day. As a child I first heard a little couplet that I’ve carried on my mind throughout my life. You’ve, no doubt, heard it. “Only one life; ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” What a sobering thought!
5. Time is uncertain. We don’t have yesterday. It’s gone! We can’t bring it back. We don’t have tomorrow. It’s uncertain. James 4:13-17 All we have is today; this moment. We are not even given assurance of another hour. II Corinthians 6:1-2 I urge you to go to my comments on Salvation and study them with your Bible. If you are not certain of Heaven, get this matter settled now.
6. Time will end. God is eternal. He lives beyond the constraints of time, When He created our earth and solar system, He created time. Genesis 1:5 In the end times God is going to send His angel to this earth who will announce the end of time. Revelation 10:5-6 When time ends we will be in the realm of eternity forever in Heaven or forever in Hell. Read the last three chapters of Revelation and decide now where you are going to spend eternity.